Book Review: Tower Of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

Book: Tower Of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

Published September 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens|664 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the hardcover from the library

Series: Throne Of Glass #6

Genre: YA Fantasy

In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

As much as I like this series, Tower Of Dawn was just okay for me.  It’s been a while since I’ve read the series, so I was a bit fuzzy on the details.  Which was fine enough, since this one seemed like more of a stand-alone than the other books.  But I still wish I had re-read the series, because I spent the entire book trying to remember who Nesryn was.

At least I remembered who Chaol was, though I’m not a huge of Chaol.  Not to the point where I wish I didn’t remember who he was, but I just wanted to get back to what was going on with Aelin.

Anyway, back to this book.  It really dragged for me, and it was both ridiculously slow and boring.  I found myself skimming a lot, because for some reason, I was determined to get through this book and I have no idea why.  It was too long and drawn out, and honestly…as much as I like this series, I would have been fine if this book were a novella instead.  I’m just so confused as to why this book is over 600 pages.

I think the only thing I truly liked was the backstory of Maeve.  That was interesting but it’s the only thing that did get my attention/interest.  For pretty much everything else, I could have cared less.

And Chaol being magically healed?  That really bothered me.  To me, it felt like it was there solely so he could meet Yrene and get his HEA with her.  Also, I’m not a fan of their relationship, mostly because I can’t get it out of my head that she married a former patient.  I just…I can’t with that.  I really can’t, and it crosses a line for me.

Overall, it’s my least favorite in the series.  I mean, at this point, I’m pretty invested, so I’ll keep reading, but this one didn’t work for me.

2 stars.  Clearly, this book was not for me.  It was too drawn out, and could have worked well as either a novella, or part of the previous book, or the next.

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